Welcome to the School of History

With over forty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

For a full list staff and their areas of expertise please click here. Students are encouraged over a four year course to explore their interests before focussing in the final two years on specialist pathways. For our range of Undergraduate course please see here. We also offer a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level from Environmental History to the History of the Book. For the full range of our programmes see here.


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Rees Davies Prize awarded to Ashley Atkins.

Ashley Atkins completed the MLitt in Scottish Historical Studies in the School of History, University of St Andrews in 2015/16. His dissertation, entitled, 'The authorship, function, and ideological origins of the Claim of Right of 1989', has been awarded the Royal Historical Society's Rees Davies Prize for the best Masters dissertation submitted by a UK institution of higher education. The School of History extends its congratulations to Ashley for this outstanding achievement.



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Mediaeval History Postgraduate Forum
Wed, 21 February
Gert-Jan Van de Voorde
Gloriclaudes is right: layers of ideologies in the Middle Dutch romance Seghelijn van Jherusalem (c.1350)
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Institute of Legal and Consitutional Research
Wed 21, February (5 pm, Arts Lecture Theatre)
Dr Jonathan Leader Maynard (Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford)
‘Thoughts on Ideology and Mass Atrocities’ 
5 pm, Arts Lecture Theatre

Postgraduate Skills Trainin
Thurs, 22 February
PhD - Preparing for academic job interview and presentations
10.00 am, Old Class Library

Early Modern and Reformation
Thurs, 22 February 
Steve Murdoch (St Andrews)
‘Britain and the Thirty Years' War: The Evolution of a Field of Study’
5.15 pm , New Seminar Room, St John’s House

Late Modern History -
Mon, 26 February
Bernhard Struck (St Andrews) & James Koranyi (Durham University)
Of microbes, migrants, and meat extract. (Trans) Nationalising Europe (1860s-1960s) between fragments, case studies, and the challenge of the global.
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Mediaeval Studies
Mon, 26 February
Eddie Jones (Exeter)
Sir Lancelot and other hermits
5.15 pm, Parliament Hall, South Street

Institute of Intellectual History
Tues, 27 February
Dr James Palmer (St Andrews)
‘In Search of Dark Age Sciences: Natural Philosophy between Rome and the Ninth-Century “Carolingian Renaissance”’
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine's Lodge

Institute of Scottish Historical Research
Thurs, 1 March
Dr William Hepburn (University of Aberdeen)
‘Common books: burgh registers and documentary culture in fifteenth-century Scotland’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Middle East History and Iranian Studies
Thurs, 8 March
Richard McClary (University of Edinburgh)

5.15 pm, Old Seminar Room, St John's House


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